2 September 2020

Jake Hill flying at Knockhill BTCC race circuit

By Road Runner
Jake Hill at Knockhill

Jake Hill had what he described as ‘probably my best BTCC weekend ever at Knockhill circuit.

After qualifying on the grid front-row, just 0.053 seconds away from pole position, Jake took a second top-three finish in a row in race one and adding much-needed points with two battling drives to P8 and P5 in the remaining two races.

Jake said: “Of course winning here last year was so special, plus the other podiums I’ve had have been so important. What was so good about this weekend was the qualifying pace – I’ve now qualified in the top-seven in all four events, and in both race one and race three today the car was really strong.

“It’s no secret we’ve had ongoing technical issues – we had a misfire and a clutch problem on Saturday, and I know before we go to Thruxton the team will make a couple of major changes.

Hill was expecting to lose a place to the always fast-starting BMW of championship leader Colin Turkington at the start of race one, but then began a race-long battle with Tom Ingram’s Toyota, the pair nose to tail for the full 27 laps.

A delighted Jake took a brilliant P3 finish, and the honour of the first front-wheel drive car home.

A reduced race distance of 20 laps of the 1.27 miles circuit in Knockhill, just north of Edinburgh, saw a scrapping first couple of laps, with Oliphant getting a rapid start, and Chilton edging past.

However a set of strong laps saw Jake pass Smiley in a decisive move at Clark Curve, and then set about trying to catch the BMW ahead, and ultimately edging away from Cammish in the newer ‘works’ Honda Civic Type-R to take a well-earned P5.

“Thruxton is next and the car was on Pole for both races there last year, so having come so close at Brands Hatch and Knockhill maybe I can nip Pole there,” Hill said.


The British Touring Car Championship race weekend five takes place at Thruxton on 19/20 September. Follow the action live on ITV 4.

Image credit: MB Motorsport

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